Splash® — Watercolour New Zealand's Annual Exhibition

Splash® + Ceramicus 2020

The annual Splash exhibition is a highlight of the New Zealand Arts calendar and a not-to-be-missed event. Two exhibitions, Splash-2020 and Ceramicus, each one an outstanding show, are combining again to present a treat for art lovers at the Academy Galleries in Wellington. This major art gallery is located in the heart of the city in the historic harbour office building at the entrance to Queens Wharf.

This year’s Splash 2020 guest is world renowned artist, Svetlana Orinko from Christchurch. Svetlana grew up in the Ukraine and inherited her artistic abilities from her father. She has won many awards and is known for her detailed floral compositions and skilful portraiture. Her style can be best described as Contemporary Realism. Her vibrant, masterly paintings promise to be a highlight of the show.

Splash 2020, the national exhibition of Watercolour New Zealand Inc., featured over 300 paintings by professional and amateur artists from Whangarei to Invercargill. Exhibiting artists include the top names in New Zealand watercolour, among them Adrienne Pavelka, Svetlana Orinko, Jacky Pearson, Bernadette Parsons, Peter Coates, Wendy Masters, Brian Baxter, Richard Bolton, Alan Collins, Dianne Taylor, Sue Wild, Kimbra Taylor, Min Kim, Joy De Geus and Roger Daniell. The Exhibition is now over, however, the works will continue to be available to browse online.

We would like to thank Gordon Harris for once again sponsoring the awards for Innovation in Watercolour Best Painting by a Junior Artist. and Bryce Gallery for their sponsorship. Looking forward for another joint exhibition with the Wellington Potters’ Association next year!

Splash-2020 Awards — Congratulations to All Winners!

Watercolour NZ Supreme Award: Adrienne Pavelka - "Nor’wester"

Watercolour New Zealand Merit Awards

  • Kasia Wiercinska "Walking on a Beach"
  • Claire Forbes "Street Crossers, Melbourne"
  • Jacky Pearson "Loner Before the Storm"
  • Richard Bolton "Derelict Cottage"
  • Brian Baxter "Ngakuta Bay, Marlborough"

Gordon Harris Award for Innovation in Watercolour

Sally Banks "Reef Pool X"

Gordon Harris Award for Best Painting by a Junior Artist (Under 18)


Emily Bergman "Waves"

Patron’s Award for Best Small Work


Dianne Taylor "Wedding Guests"

Small Work Merit Awards


Pam Lines "Arctic Light"
Charlotte Hird "Pencarrow"

Bryce Gallery Award


Duleep de Silva "Flamenco Dancer"


Previous Splash® Exhibitions

Splash-2019 showcased over 300 works painted by watercolour artists from across New Zealand. This year's guest artist, Min Kim, has won both national and international recognition for her paintings, including second prize in the Salon International (USA) Art Awards in 2007 as well as the Supreme Award in last year’s Splash exhibition. She is also featured in an episode of the television programme 'Put Some Colour in Your Life'.The annual watercolour exhibition has firmly established itself as a highlight of the Wellington visual arts calendar and it takes place in conjunction with Ceramicus 2019, the annual exhibition of the Wellington Potters’ Association. The combination of watercolours and ceramics has proved very popular with the public.

View Splash-2019 gallery

Splash-2018 was held from 16 November to 1 December 2018 at The NZ Academy of Fine Arts Gallery.







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